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Stephanie Millward

Steph Millward was on the fringes of the British international able-bodied team before being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis when she was 17 years old.

She returned to swimming to qualify for the Beijing Paralympics, reaching three finals in the S9 classification.

Steph Millward Profile

Date of Birth 20th September 1981
Born Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Team/Club Aquae Sulis
Coach John Dougall
Classification S9, SB9, SM9
The following season, Millward announced herself as a major contender in Para-swimming, winning five golds and a silver at the 2009 IPC European Championships as well as four golds, three silvers and a bronze at the IPC World Short Course Championships in Rio the same season.

In 2010, she won five silvers and a bronze at her first IPC World Championships in Eindhoven before adding two silvers and a bronze for England at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

After a further three golds and two silvers at the 2011 IPC European Championships in Berlin, Millward landed her first Paralympic medals at London 2012 with three individual silvers (400m Freestyle, 100m Backstroke, 200m Individual Medley) and two relay medals.

She starred at the 2013 IPC World Championships in Montreal, scooping four golds and a silver including the individual titles over 100m Freestyle and 100m Backstroke.

Personal Best

Event Time Year Record
Long Course S9 50m Freestyle 29.63 2009  
Long Course S9 100m Freestyle 1:03.18 2009  
Long Course S9 200m Freestyle 2:17.00 2009 ER
Long Course S9 400m Freestyle 4:40.01 2012 ER
Long Course S9 50m Backstroke 33.54 2010 WR
Long Course S9 100m Backstroke 1:10.20 2009 ER
Long Course S9 200m Backstroke 2:34.56 2008 BR
Long Course S9 100m Butterfly 1:10.61 2009  
Long Course SM9 200m Individual Medley 2:36.21 2012  

International Competitions

Competition Event Year Time Medal/Position
Paralympic Games 400m Freestyle (S9) 2012 4:40.01 SILVER
  100m Backstroke (S9)   1:11.07 SILVER
  100m Butterfly (S9)   1:12.01 5th
  200m Individual Medley (SM9)   2:36.21 SILVER
  4x100m Freestyle Relay (34pts)   4:24.71 BRONZE
  4x100m Medley Relay (34pts)   4:53.98 SILVER
  50m Freestyle (S9) 2008 30.45 6th
  100m Freestyle (S9)   1:04.52 5th
  100m Backstroke (S9)   1:14.13 4th
  100m Butterfly (S9)   1:15.62 13th
IPC World Championships 100m Freestyle (S9) 2013 1:04.00 GOLD
  100m Backstroke (S9)   1:10.56 GOLD
  200m Individual Medley (SM9)   2:40.29 SILVER
  4x100m Freestyle Relay (34pt)   4:27.95 GOLD
  4x100m Medley Relay (34pt)   4:46.21 GOLD
  100m Freestyle (S9) 2010 1:03.85 SILVER
  400m Freestyle (S9)   4:47.04 SILVER
  100m Backstroke (S9)   1:10.31 SILVER
  100m Butterfly (S9)   1:11.07 BRONZE
  4x100m Freestyle Relay (34pts)   4:29.49 SILVER
  4x100m Medley Relay (34pts)   5:00.93 SILVER
IPC European Championships 400m Freestyle (S9) 2014 4:41.99 GOLD
  50m Freestyle (S9) 2011 29.95 4th
  100m Freestyle (S9)   1:04.30 SILVER
  400m Freestyle (S9)   4:42.23 GOLD
  100m Backstroke (S9)   1:10.54 GOLD
  100m Butterfly (S9)   1:11.62 SILVER
  4x100m Medley Relay (34pts)   4:52.40 GOLD
  100m Freestyle (S9) 2009 1:03.65 SILVER
  400m Freestyle (S9)   4:43.08 GOLD
  100m Backstroke (S9)   1:10.58 GOLD
  100m Butterfly (S9)   1:10.78 GOLD
  4x100m Freestyle Relay (34pts)   4:33.45 GOLD
  4x100m Medley Relay (34pts)   4:54.47 GOLD
IPC World Championships (25m) 100m Freestyle (S9) 2009 1:01.95 GOLD
  400m Freestyle (S9)   4:39.18 SILVER
  100m Backstroke (S9)   1:09.66 SILVER
  100m Butterfly (SB9)   1:09.24 BRONZE
  100m Individual Medley (SM9)   1:12.61 SILVER
  200m Individual Medley (SM9)   2:33.18 GOLD
  4x100m Freestyle Relay (34pts)   4:26.20 GOLD
  4x100m Medley Relay (34pts)   4:56.23 GOLD
Commonwealth Games 50m Freestyle (S9) 2010 29.69 BRONZE
  100m Freestyle (S9)   1:03.69 SILVER
  100m Butterfly (S9)   1:13.11 SILVER

Domestic Events

Competition Event Year Time Medal/Position
British Championships SM10 200m Individual Medley 2014 2:40.03 5th
  MC 400m Freestyle 2013 4:45.08 4th
  MC 100m Backstroke   1:10.29 GOLD
  MC 50m Freestyle 2012 30.10 BRONZE
  MC 100m Freestyle   1:05.05 6th
  MC 400m Freestyle   4:46.73 6th
  MC 100m Backstroke   1:11.28 BRONZE
  MC 100m Butterfly   1:11.96 SILVER
  MC 50m Freestyle 2011 30.15 BRONZE
  MC 100m Freestyle   1:04.82 4th
  MC 100m Backstroke   1:12.12 GOLD
  MC 100m Butterfly   1:13.62 SILVER
  MC 50m Freestyle 2010 30.87 SILVER
  MC 100m Backstroke   1:10.73 SILVER
  MC 100m Freestyle 2009 1:04.16 BRONZE
  MC 100m Butterfly   1:11.96 SILVER
  MC 50m Freestyle 2008 30:87 6th
  MC 100m Backstroke   1:12.18 BRONZE
  MC 100m Butterfly   1:13.91  BRONZE
British Para-Swimming International Meet MC 100m Freestyle 2014 1:04.63 7th
  MC 200m Individual Medley   2:41.11 9th
British International Disability Championships MC 100m Freestyle 2013 1:05.24 BRONZE
  MC 400m Freestyle   4:49.49 7th
  MC 100m Backstroke   1:12.38 7th
  MC 100m Backstroke 2012 1:10.40 4th
  MC 100m Butterfly   1:12.58 4th
  MC 50m Freestyle 2011 30.51 6th
  MC 100m Freestyle   1:05.76 6th
  MC 100m Backstroke   1:11.74 SILVER
  MC 100m Freestyle 2009 1:03.85 SILVER
  MC 100m Butterfly 2009 1:11.47 BRONZE

In the Pool

Greatest achievement to date: Breaking the British record for 100m Backstroke when I was 15 years old and able bodied.

Aspiration: To beat my able-bodied personal best times.

Who has been greatest influence on you: My fiance Adrian McHugh

Out of the Pool

One thing you can’t live without: My family and friends.

Tip for the top: Keep going.

Life after swimming? Something to do with numbers or horses as I love both!!


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